Originally Posted by AlucardZero
Am I the only one who interpreted his question as wanting to download the .debs?
The OP did say download packages, but the problem with that approach is Dependencies do not get handled automatically. you end up in dependency hell. (Think the old days of RPM or Windows dll hell)
I believe that's why most recommendations were to use the package managers avaialble in the Distro to save yourself a LOT of grief in the long run. The are very few occasions in whih I will manually download a package for Debian.
1. Package is NOT available in any repository.
2. Oooops I messed something up and need to manually replace a package with one of a specific version. (there was a post recently in which the users apt would not work, because they upgraded it accidentally to the wrong release..)
Other than that the repositories and apt/aptitude are really the way to go.